In my 40 years of feeding birds on my current property, I’ve never had good luck with nyjer seed. Everything seems to like black oil sunflower, so I feed it mainly. I do still buy nyjer occasionally, as Indigo Buntings will eat it, but the buntings also eat the black oil. Just my observation. Someone commented once that if nyjer is old, birds won’t eat it. They suggested putting some of the seeds between two sheets of paper and smashing them and if the seeds don’t produce some oil, it’s old.
Conway (Faulkner Co.) AR
From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List [mailto:<ARBIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Glenn
Sent: Saturday, September 29, 2018 9:23 AM
Subject: Nyjer question
Normally, the only bird feed we put out is black oil sunflower seeds. Mostly we see lots of House Finches and Northern Cardinals, and in the winter we get lots of Goldfinches. When we put out anything with millet, the House Sparrows show up and eat everything in a couple hours. So we don't do that. Sometimes we hang suet but mostly the House Sparrows eat it.
Anyhow, we were at Atwoods about 4 weeks ago and decided to buy a prefilled nyjer sock. I hung it out with the feeders and in 4 weeks I saw only one House Finch perch on it for a few seconds then fly off. Nothing has eaten it. Could the seed get bad, or perhaps too old. Will birds ignore old nyjer seed? I thought the finches would love this stuff. I'm baffled.